Sunday, July 15, 2007

Should It Be About Profits?

Health care is at center stage with the movie 'Sicko'. As expected the pharms and radical righters are swiftboating the entire effort. This is a good post that makes a response to them. Read it here.

This is a portion of it.

Pharmaceutical industry profits climbed from $64.4 billion in 2002 to $94.8 billion in 2006. During the same period, insurance companies’ profits more than doubled from $20.8 billion to $57.5 billion.
Some hospitals, too, are blooming with fiscal health. Record aggregate profits reached $26.3 billion in 2004, thanks in part to the astronomical markups they charge patients. The top 40 hospitals added 2,319 percent on drugs, 5,090 percent on medical supplies, and 1,073 percent on operating room charges.
The 20 largest HMOs sucked in $10.8 billion in profits in 2004, with 19 percent for overhead verses 1 percent in the non-profit Canadian national health insurance program.
While these figures are enough to sicken anyone, the number that really scares the health care industry is the percent of Americans who prefer not just universal coverage, but a single-payer government-run system that cuts out private insurance. An ABC News/Washington Post poll put the figure at 62 percent.

The first predictable response of the radical right when it comes to Nationalized Health care is (all together now) SOCIALISM! For some reason they seem to prefer offering support to the for profit model of healthcare. I have heard all the arguments and if anyone would like to make them feel free. It doesn't work as a pure for profit business. The next argument you hear is that government can't do anything right hence we should leave it to private enterprise. Many things that work well are 'socialized'. Many private enterprises fail. And vis versa. That is a non argument.
Next you hear about how much it will cost in TAXES! A total red herring and in the long run this part is something the radical right should favor as friendly to business. Health care should be the shared responsibility of all of us and not up to business owners. Freeing this capitol for business owners would seem to be the cats meow to the radical righters yet they argue against it. What is it they believe in again?
Right now for insurance it costs from 300 dollars a person to over 1000 dollars a month for a smaller family. The taxes would be far less than that. We have systems all over the world to examine. There is no reason we couldn't choose the best and most economical pieces of each of them. The hard work is already done. I think we should keep the private insurance option open to any one that wants to opt for it or wants another choice.
These enormous profits are concentrating more and more of our wealth in one segment of our economy and, while I am far from an economist, I don't think that is good for our economy in the long run.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe this isn't exactly health care, but outside of the Denver Area how many details have been reported on this? If this had been a Muslim or someone not looking "American" enough what do you suppose the response would have been especially in the MSM? I know the site is cluttered but this seems to be the most concise and detailed. On another Denver Media site Gov. Ritter stated that he has not ruled out the possibility that this was an assassination attempt. The Denver Area seems to be especially prone to bizarre behavior and events on the part of people who are well-educated and middle-class and above.

Larry in New Mexico

3:39 AM, July 18, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The site linked above does take awhile to open. Also, earlier reports in the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News report that his email to the fellow worker closed with "with love in Jesus Christ" and a Capitol tour guide saw him kneeling and praying prior to a verbal outburst.

Larry in New Mexico

4:03 AM, July 18, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Health Care in the U.S. is hard or near impossible to afford for all too many people. It needs to be considered a human right just like it is in Sweden, France, etc. One of the big things we need is to make sure people have dental coverage. Even people who have medical ins. don't always have dental coverage and dental care is not cheap. Think of all the health problems which can result from untreated tooth and gum diseases. I have a friend who can't afford to see a dentist and is losing teeth and in pain. I know I have cavities, but can't afford it, either. We need preventative care for everything. What about people who need glasses who can't afford them? If they can't see they can't work-right?
We are spending $$$$$ to enrich the military industrial complex with Bush's illegal war and letting the rich get away without paying taxes and we have lousy health care. It's sickening and Americans need to rise up and demand universal health care. I hope Moore will win an Oscar for Best Documentary.


4:42 PM, July 26, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello. Anybody home?

11:11 PM, August 01, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe Ron is on vacation?
Speaking of Health Care, what's with the House slashing Medicare funding even if it is to provide health care for kids? BOTH kids and Seniors need universal health care (so does everyone else). I do like the idea of the money going to the DOCTORS to pay for health care for low income seniors instead of enriching the HMOs.
Slashing Medicare funding is gonna hurt these Representatives at election time, tho. Senior citizens tend to vote and they have a pretty powerful lobby group. It's best not to offend them which is why anything for poor children who aren't old enough to vote is a lower priority for today's Congresspersons.
'Course Bush is going to veto it, anyway if he hasn't already. Isn't it lovely how The Devil's Own (Cheney) got a new pacemaker coutesy of the tax payers when he must be worth $50 mil or more and can afford his own *&^% health care?

Saw a great sticker the other day...


1:34 PM, August 03, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Heard on Olbermann's show yesterday: Bill O called 3rd worst person (in the world)again and Dubya was "worser".
Weirdest news item...The Chinese governmant is trying to embarrass Tibet by imposing regulations on reincarnation. Evidently, those who wish to reincarnate must submit the proper forms to Chinese authorities. This is even dumber than anything ever said by Dubya or Dan Quayle.


2:15 PM, August 04, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

P.S. Maybe you should put a Coffee Table on blog more often, Ron, for topics unrelated to your postings-like once a wk or 2X a month or something.

2:17 PM, August 04, 2007  

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